Category Archives: Voices

Midterm Aftermath

Oct 25, 2014 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Midterms are just about over. FINALLY!
Just because midterms are ending doesn’t mean its time to relax. Midterm grades are coming, don’t let them get you down. These are grades that tell you where you stand at the moment. You still have the other half of this semester to kick it up! You have time to get that F to a C, or C to a B. Don’t give up! Meet with your professors express your concerns, apply for a tutor, and take extra time to complete each assignments. You can and will do it! Regain your motivation and maintain it.

If you are doing good with midterms and you have an A or B, don’t think that you can’t lose it. You have another half of the semester that A can drop to a C easily. Continue to work! Maintain your grades and continue to be motivated. Midterms are not the end of the world, its just a wake up call. They tell you where you’re at now, not how you will end in the course.

Remember you got this! Regain your focus, and remain focus!

Moose ya later,

-K

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Tips on How to Relieve Stress

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Brittany Sierra

It’s especially unhealthy to be stressed out all of the time, but there are some ways to relieve stress. Here are a few tips on some things that can help:

1. Go to events on campus. Meet new people. Maybe making new friends would help ease your mind.

2. Go to the gym. Maybe this might not be a so much of a “fun” thing to do, but I promise that it will get your mind off of things and make you feel better.

3. Listen to music. Listening to music is as effective as venting to a friend. Most of the time, certain songs may express the emotions/stress that you are experiencing, so it might feel nice to listen and just song along with it.

4. REACH OUT FOR HELP! If you are going through something and you do not know how to deal with it, reaching out to a close friend or close by counselor might be very helpful.

Why Utica?!

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Michael Defone

Utica is not the biggest school, nor is it the fanciest. One thing this school does have is by far the most dedicated professors I have ever met. Freshmen year, I came to Utica as a construction management major. The first meeting I had with my professor, he gave this long speech then wrote his number down and said, “Anytime you need me, you call me”. As a freshman, I did not believe that a college professor could be this close with their students.

I’m a junior in my program and could not be any happier with what the Construction Management program has done for me. I am currently taking Estimating,which is a mentally draining and time-consuming class. Normally, with teachers in high school, I could talk my way into handing in late work. Well, with the professor in this particular class, if you’re not five minutes early, he will shut the door and say, “In the real world there would not be a locked door, there’d just be you getting fired.” These professors are literally treating us as if we were there employees.

But they do more than that; they also treat you like family. I had never attended the festivities for tailgating during Homecoming before, but this year, I brought my mother up to see what the college has done for me and how well I am doing. We attended the construction management tent for tailgating, and let me tell you, I was blown away! I have had ribs before made by my professor, but the atmosphere that he created for his students and their families was nothing short of incredible. There was a Blue Grass band, Texas-style BBQ, and of course beer. My mom and I had at least four plates each of BBQ, but more importantly, my professors came over and talked and just made my mother and I glad thatI was going to this school.

Utica College is not a normal school. Yes, it’s small, but this school has by far the most incredible staff. If you’re looking to find the best bang for your buck, Utica College is the best. These professors will turn a freshman into a profesional with extensive knowledge in your chosen field.  Utica College gets a five-star rating in my book.

Make the Most of Meal Time

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

From working as a tele-counselor and an ambassador, I have been asked by countless prospective students how the food is at Utica College. I can honestly say that the food is better than most colleges, and for being such a small college, theres a lot of variety. Some students may complain (I mean, no one can make better food than mom!), but there is always something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters. To make my college dining experience better, I have come up with a few ways to make the most of my meal.

Remember the food pyramid? I try to stick with the main food groups in order to stay healthy and fit. I know the burger line is usually short and the burgers are probably tastier to most than broccoli, but remember to eat your fruits and vegetables. I know that when I first came to college, I just ate junk food for the first week and felt TERRIBLE! I feel so much better now that I am eating wholesome meals. Also, remember you can take fruits back to your room for a healthy snack. The college endorses fresh food from local businesses, such as the fruit, vegetables, bagels, ect.

Try something new! When eating in the dining commons, there are always the options of burgers, pizza, the deli line, salad bar and so forth; but there are also multiple options for daily meals as well. The dining commons accommodates many different cultures, so there are always different choices for everyone. Once a week, try something new or something you would not normally eat. This can keep the dining experience interesting and open your eyes to new things.

When you are eating at the dining commons all week, it may get a little repetitive, so keep in mind that we have the Pioneer Cafe and Subway available on campus. Something I do is designate a day of the week to be a “Pio Day” where my friends and I meet up and go to the Pioneer Cafe/Subway to eat. It is sort of like going out to eat (only on campus!) after eating in the dining commons all week.

Make your own meal! Once in a while I get really homesick, so I found that making (attempting to make…) my own meal can really help me feel better. Once every couple weeks, my boyfriend and I try making a dinner that we have not tried previously. Sometimes, they go horribly wrong and we mess up, but it makes for a good laugh and tastes good just because we did it ourselves. You can look up simple recipes online or even just get Hamburger Helper. There are kitchens in every dorm (or even one on each floor) that are open 24/7 with a full sink, microwave and stove/oven. IMG_6213(Our homemade dinner created inside the kitchen at North… We accidentally used salad dressing instead of marinade on the steak…perfect example of us messing up! P.S. It was a meal for two plus leftovers for under $25!)

I hope my personal tips can help you guys in making the most of your meal at Utica College!

 

21 Questions

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

How have you guys been? I’ve seen a certain topic trending among UC bloggers now called “21 Questions.” I have noticed many bloggers have re-posted these particular questions, so I will also give it a shot.
What is your year/major?
I am a sophomore and a computer science major!
When’s your birthday?
August 30
Where are you from?
I am from the Bronx.
Why Utica College ?
I knew a few friends that were here and also a few coming in as well. The school itself is not that far from home, but it is far enough for me to get away from home.
What is your favorite cereal?
Frosted Flakes
Do you have any pets?
Nope
What is your favorite season?
Spring – I love the summer too, but I don’t like it getting too hot.
What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
I love the diversity here. I have networked with so many different types of people from all over the world.
What city you would like to visit?
The Windy City. Eventually I’ll get there.
Favorite song?
I have too many to list.
Any siblings?
I have three: two brothers and one sister.
What is your favorite animal?
Lions. They are the kings of the jungle.
Favorite restaurant?
and steakhouse
Pet peeves?
Laziness. I hate people who aren’t passionate and are too lazy to do anything.
Favorite quote?
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Most played song?
All of the Above by Maino
Favorite video game?
NBA 2K
If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
Jay-Z. That man is phenomenal.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Successful in general.

Haunted House Time is Here

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

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Haunted House time is here once again. RHA ( Resident Hall association) is hosting their annual Haunted House on Oct. 31 in South Hall Basement from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Haunted House is one of RHA’s biggest and most well-know events here at UC. It is free and it is opened to faculty members, staff and the entire Utica Community.

Every October, South Hall is decorated by RHA members, and every room has a different theme.  Also, children will receive free  candy at the door. You don’t want to miss this Haunted House this year; it’s going to be epic.

What is RHA?

RHA stands for Resident Hall Association. RHA is geared towards making campus life more comfortable and enjoyable. In the past, we have held numerous successful events on campus, such as Haunted House, Crystal Ball, Date auction, and Luau. We have our general body meetings every Wednesday in Bell Conference Room ( located in the basement of bell) at 1 p.m. Commuters as well as on campus students are welcomed to join us.

Can’t attend weekly general body meeting? If your schedule conflicts with our meeting date/time, no problem. We are flexible with students, so if you contact one of the RHA e-board members and let them know, then you can be put on our email list, and we will keep you up-to-date on everything that is going on.

Think it’s too late to be a part of haunted house?

Nope, RHA is always looking for help. We have several areas where extras are needed, and RHA also has little duties and big duties, so there’s something out there for everyone to do.

General Body Meetings: Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Bell Conference Room

Haunted House Meetings: Wednesday night  at 9 p.m.

Location: South Hall

Feeling Grateful

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Even though I have been extremely busy lately, I haven’t forgotten to stop and appreciate what is around me, or what I have in my life. There are several points throughout the day that I get a little down time, and instead of using that time to scroll through social media, I use it to stop for a second and realize all the amazing things I have , especially the things I sometimes take advantage of.

The next time you have a little break, stop and think about what you are grateful for. For some reason, it always boosts my mood!

Here are the top five things I am grateful for:

My Mom: Let’s make this one simple: she is my number one inspiration.

My Family: Without my family, I would be a lost soul. I definitely can say that my family is my biggest support system. From my immediate to my extended family, they are always there for me, and I always know that I can count on them for anything.

My Friends: Sometimes, all you need is someone to listen to you vent about your crazy, stressful life, and I can count on my friends for doing just that.

Utica College: UC has opened the door to so many opportunities and connections on and off of campus. I would never have imagined myself to be where I am today, and I am excited to see what is in store for me in the furture.

Caffeine: without this little boost in life, I don’t know where I would be. I mean c’mon, a cup of coffee or Red Bull really can turn a not so good day into a great one!

Remember, sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses.

Career Advice: How to Be a Go-Getter

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

“Look at them. They are such go-getters!” Let’s be honest; how many times have we all heard (or said) that before? We might be describing our friends, family members, co-workers, or even ourselves.

Being a “go-getter” is such a wonderful compliment, and we as future professionals should embrace it. How can we get there? How can we motivate ourselves to be “go-getters”?

Tips on how to be a go-getter, from a go-getter herself! (created by me in Pixlr)

Tips on how to be a go-getter, from a go-getter herself! (created by me in Pixlr)

  • Believe that you CAN overcome any obstacle: There is a force within you that is greater than any roadblock. It’s called determination. Every go-getter believes that they have strengths and capabilities to climb over the hurdles that life will inevitably throw at us. Sometimes, these hurdles can be so big, so overwhelming that we start to lose our hope, confidence , and simply, just want to quit. That’s a natural reaction, but in those times, we have to believe that our purpose is far greater than what we think.
  • Create visions and goals for YOUR life: No matter what year you’re in, as college students, we know that we are nearing the end of our education. It’s time to lace up our running shoes and achieve our dreams. Note: a vision is NOT the same thing as a plan. The difference? A plan is structured; a vision is more broad.
  • Blend your passions and professions: As we grow up, it becomes easier to lose our passions. We start to focus on the life’s stresses and forget what truly makes us happy. I think we owe it to ourselves to at least try to incorporate our passions into our work. Having trouble figuring out if you’re in the right program? Ask yourself what your passions are and ask yourself if you can make that work in your career.

What are your top three ways to be a go getter? 

Biology to Biochemistry

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

I came to UC in Fall of 2013, and I registered myself as a Pre-Med Biology major. I chose to major in Biology because I found it very fascinating throughout high school and took many biology classes because of that. When coming to UC, I thought I was ready for all of the work the science classes had in store for me.

As a biology major it was required that I take Bio 211 (General Biology I). I was excited because I thought it would be a review of the bio classes I took in high school. I was sadly mistaken. I started off enjoying that class, but it all went downhill in the middle of the semester.

Another science class I was taking was Chem 211 (General Chemistry I). I was scared to take this class, because, in high school, I hated chemistry . Surprisingly, I loved Chem 211 way more than Bio 211.

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I made it through fall semester, and I decided to continue on as a biology major. In spring semester, I needed to take the other half of the classes (Chem 212 and Bio 212). I enjoyed General Chemistry II, but absolutely dreaded General Biology II. At this moment, I set up a meeting with my advisor to discuss switching my major to chemistry.

I did some research on the different chemistry concentrations, and I found out that you can have a concentration in Biology, which is useful to me because I am pre-med and therefore required to take a lot of biology classes. I switched my major to Biochemistry with a concentration in biology, and I feel as if it was the best decision I have ever made. It’s crazy how you could enjoy a subject throughout your high school experience and then come to college and fall in love with a subject you dreaded in high school.

Anything is Possible

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Nayary Rosario

Many of us struggle  in various ways when it comes to school. The way in which I struggled is very common to a lot of people, but I feel like it affects me a lot more than everybody else. My problem is when it comes to paying attention. I am really bad at staying focused during class, and any little thing can easily distract me.

Over the years, I have discovered that I learn better one-on-one, and I cannot learn in a class full of students. Usually, when I am around people, I get distracted when someone makes a certain movement, and it will make me lose my train of thought. Because of that, I make sure I have tutors for all my classes, and I also apply early so I wont be stuck on the waiting list. That way, whenever I need help, I can go to my tutor or math teacher and get the help I need.

One of my math teachers left a great impact on me because he noticed how, in the beginning of the class, I was doing great, and my grades just started falling down. I did not use my phone and I just sat through the class, writing down what he told us, but did not really take in what he did in class. I used to go back to my room confused and that caused me to not do so great in my class. He got so upset with me one day, and told me I was going to fail his class if I kept getting the grades I was. He made me feel bad because I could see how disappointed he was, and I did not like that.

I soon started attending his office hours, and everything was so easy for me. I was kind of upset because I could have seen him before, and my laziness kept me from going to meet with him. If I went to his office hours from the beginning, I was pretty sure I could have gotten an “A” in his class, and he even said it himself. Even though I did not get my A in that class, I was able to pump my grade up in the last 4 weeks of class from and F to a C+, and I can say I am truly proud of myself. What made me feel even better was how proud and happy he was of me.

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